Published: Thu, October 11, 2018

At least 50 killed in Kenya bus crash

At least 50 killed in Kenya bus crash

At least 50 people died in a bus crash in Kericho County, Kenya early Wednesday morning.

According to eyewitnesses, the accident happened at 4 am.

The bus was on its way to Kakamega from Nairobi at the time of the accident few kilometres from Fort Ternan.

Twelve women and seven children were among those killed in the crash on Wednesday morning.

The extra passengers were seated on the bus floor since all seats were occupied.

The 67-seater bus is said to have veered off the road while descending a steep slope.

Police fear the death toll may rise, with the possibility of passengers trapped in the wreckage. Limited, but its operational name is Home Boyz.

They also called for action to prevent any future such accidents, further urging drivers to exercise caution. However, more details on the cause of the accident were not immediately available.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, DP William Ruto and opposition chief Raila Odinga have led the nation in mourning the loss of lives after the grisly road accident that occurred at Fort Ternan area on the Kisumu - Muhoroni highway.

"PSV companies must adhere to road safety rules; ensure their drivers are not tired and administer refresher driving courses to staff".

Kenya has struggled to reduce the rising number of road accidents as more people in the growing middle class acquire vehicles.

In 2013, the government re-introduced breathalyzers, but had to remove them again after court orders barred police from charging drivers using readings from the devices as evidence.

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